Safe “Sparklers” for Little Kids

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I’ve become a major party pooper with fireworks…especially when it comes to sparklers.  This was a picture taken last year when we were having lots of fun with the sparklers…

 

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Within a minute of this picture being taken, Little Brother got burned on his calf when he ran into the end of a burned-out sparkler that someone was holding on the steps behind us.  It was awful.  The burn was second-degree (at least) and burned through a couple layers of skin.  Thankfully, it was a very small burn (in size, that is)…but he still has a significant scar.  We even put tennis shoes on him as a preventative to keep his toes from being burned and could never have anticipated how he could have gotten burned the way that he did.

 

Sparklers are so fun and beautiful but they are sooooo dangerous for little kids.  According to this source, sparklers reach an astounding 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and are responsible for 16% of injuries around the 4th of July.  Needless to say, our children will not be using sparklers for a very long time (much to the dismay of my husband and his family who are pretty much crazy about fireworks in general).

 

If you want your little one to feel like they get to use sparklers without any threats of burns, try making these danger-free “sparklers”. These would be great to have on hand for little ones at a party where older kids and adults may be using sparklers so they don’t feel left out.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  glittery pipe cleaners (aka fuzzy sticks, which were given to us compliments of CraftProjectIdeas.com), skewers, and scissors.  

 

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 1.  Twist the pipe cleaners to make your sparkler shape.

 

 

 

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The only problem was that the pipe cleaners were a little flimsy.

 

 

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 I grabbed some skewer sticks from the pantry and cut off the tip (these are danger-free sparklers, after all).

 

 

 

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The boys thought these “sparklers” were pretty cool…

 

 

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And I’m so glad we won’t be bandaging any burns this year!

 

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  1. says

    Thank you! Part of our unit for next week involves fireworks, but like you, I’m terribly worried someone will get hurt, so I don’t allow them. This activity will be perfect! Love it!

  2. says

    I love sparklers but I agree they aren’t safe for little kids. I was once at a party where a large group of adults and children gathered to light sparklers, and one of the kids’ sparklers ended up lighting my friend’s hair on fire – EEK!! Fortunately my friend wasn’t hurt, but the whole situation was unsafe and it could have ended much worse than it did.

  3. craig says

    Really? Instead of teach safety you give them pipe cleaners and let them learn on their own. Because I am sure they will never run into a friend with fireworks! Going to wait till they do to teach them? Accidents happen, but a scar from a burnt out sparkler is a learning experience, not a problem.

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